Suspect Accused of Stealing Purses from Asian Women Arrested

May 20, 2021

SEATTLE, Washington—Police have arrested 26-year-old James Credit, the man suspected of stealing purses and bags from more than a dozen women in the Chinatown-International District, Rainier Valley, and Beacon Hill, according to SPD Blotter.

Over the course of six weeks, Credit approached his victims—most of them Asian women, from 40 to 80-years-old—near their vehicles, outside grocery stores, and grabbed their bags before fleeing in a vehicle.

On Tuesday, May 18, members of the Robbery Unity, Gun Violence Reduction Unit, Community Response Group, and US Marshals arrested Credit at a Renton car rental lot, reports SPD Blotter.

Authorities also recovered a loaded handgun from Credit—who is a convicted felon and unable to possess any type of firearm—and booked him into the King County Jail for multiple counts of theft as well as unlawful possession of a firearm.

Seattle Police Department’s Bias Crimes unit will also review the case, due to the fact Credit repeatedly targeted Asian victims.

Feature Image via Jonathan Choe KOMO News

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